Ringworm from pet puppies and kittens
Young pets are more likely than older cats and dogs to transmit this disease to us. Ringworm is caused by a fungus and gives people a bald patch on the scalp or a scaly, reddened circular rash on the skin. Some adult pets, usually cats, often don’t even show any ringworm symptoms. You can get this disease by touching an infected pet.
Prevention Tip: “The best thing you can do to prevent a ringworm infection is to wash your hands as soon as you pet your animal,” says Greg Nelson, DVM, diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and a staff member of Central Veterinary Associates in Valley Stream, New York.